Report: Zach Ertz, Eagles 'Reengaged' in Contract Talks Ahead of 2020 SeasonAugust 25, 2020
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly looking into giving Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz a new contract on the heels of long-term extensions signed by George Kittle and Travis Kelce.
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have "reengaged" Ertz in talks for a possible extension.
The Eagles ensured Ertz would be with them through 2021 when they picked up the fifth-year option worth $8.25 million on his current contract in March.
Despite having him for two more years, the Eagles have tried to work out a new deal with the 29-year-old dating back to last season.
NFL Network's Mike Silver reported in March that during the 2019 season, Ertz "turned down a deal more lucrative" than the four-year contract Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns worth $44 million total and $23 million guaranteed.
Kittle's five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers set a new standard for tight ends. He is the highest-paid player at the position by total value ($75 million), guaranteed money ($40 million) and average annual salary ($15 million per season), per Over the Cap.
Kelce, who signed his deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on the same day as Kittle, ranks second in each of those categories.
Ertz's $20 million in total guarantees ranks fourth among tight ends behind Kittle, Kelce and Hooper. His $8.5 million average salary ranks seventh.
Since becoming Philadelphia's primary tight end in 2015, Ertz has averaged 86 receptions, 914 yards and six touchdowns per season. He set an NFL record for catches by a tight end in a single season (116 in 2018) and has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three years.